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Headteacher’s Blog 8 – Friday 3rd November 2017

Wakefield Hospice Enterprise Visit

This morning a group of Year 10 students visited Wakefield Hospice for what was the final part of an enterprise project which began in Spring 2017.

Students received a warm welcome and were taken on a tour of the hospice, before presenting their final enterprise pitch to the Hospice’s Fundraising Team. Ideas included producing artwork in collaboration with other Wakefield schools in a bid to develop products that can be sold on the high street, a bike-a-thon challenge, and adapting the Wakefield 10k to incorporate several Wakefield schools.

The wining idea, which will now be turned into an event in the Summer Term, was the bike-a-thon. However, Wakefield Hospice were so enthused by our students’ ideas, they want to work with all of their ideas in some capacity over the next two years!

Well done to everyone who took part, particularly the winning team; Morvyn Gardiner-Mackie, Hollie Bradbury and Lucy Squires.

.…And a big thank you to Wakefield Hospice for your contribution to what has been an exciting and rewarding project!



Rome and Berlin trips for Year 11

At the end of half term, some of our Year 11 students jetted off to Rome and some to Berlin, both managing to fit an awful lot into just three days! Here’s what they got up to…

In Rome, students managed to visit all of the main tourist spots such as; the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum and Vatican City, plus many more awe-inspiring places, filled with history and intrigue. They also made room for a spot of shopping and some tasty Italian food, followed by some 200 different flavours of ice-cream!

The Berlin cohort visited Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Hitler’s Topography of Terror on the site of the old SS building looking at life in Nazi Germany, the Holocaust memorial, Hitler’s bunker, the Olympic Stadium built by Hitler to host the 1936 Olympics, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, as well as a tour around the Reichstag..…Mr Care also treated students to his ‘mystery history tour’! Then, for a bit of light relief they managed to squeeze in some bowling, shopping, a trip to the cinema and a Union Berlin football game!

Students on both trips were an absolute credit to the Academy! You can see how much fun they had!…



Another week, another netball victory!

We had some more netball news to be proud of this week after our Year 9 team won 13 – 2 and our Year 10/11 team won 23 – 1 against St Thomas à Becket. Well done everyone!


As the weather gets colder, our meal deals get hotter!

From next week you’ll be able to choose from the following hot dishes as part of your £2.10 meal deal….


  • Red Thai chicken curry, stir-fry rice, steamed bun and spiced cauliflower
  • Vegetable, coriander and mango wrap, herb potatoes and salad


  • Shepherd’s pie, or Quorn cottage pie, with mixed vegetables


  • Roast beef and yorkshire pudding, or caramelised onion and goats’ cheese tart, with mashed potatoes, carrots and peas


  • Asian noodle box – add crispy chicken or tempura vegetables with fresh chilli or plum and green pepper sauce


  • Battered cod or herb-crusted salmon with chunky chips, peas or beans, bread and butter

We will also be offering a toffee & ginger bonfire cake next week, during lunch time, included as part of a £2.10 meal deal, or for 70p if chosen as an addition to your packed lunch. Remember to include a water, apple juice or orange juice for your meal deal saving.


Congratulations Mrs Ellis!

Congratulations to Mrs Ellis and her family on the safe arrival of her beautiful daughter last week. I’m pleased to report that both mother and baby are doing very well!



Dates for your diary…

A little reminder of some key dates for this half term...

  • Wednesday 8th November - Year 10 Information Evening, 6pm to 7pm
  • Thursday 16th November - Year 11 Parents’ Evening, 4pm to 7pm

You can find our term dates here and our academy calendar here.


And finally…

Well done to Lucas Waite who has won a tennis competition, the prize being a morning of tennis coaching at the National Tennis Centre in London with the recent number one doubles player in the world, Jamie Murray, and the British Davis Cup Coach for doubles, Louis Cayer! Brilliant news Lucas - that will certainly be a morning to remember!!



Lyla Hodson and Sarah Kirby put a lot of effort into their recent English homework, producing a banner, poster, election box, cookies and raffle tickets which were handed out to the class with this fabulous homemade hamper as a prize. Here are Lyla and Sarah with prize winner Amber Robinson….fabulous work girls!